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The markings adopted by the Toposa tribe of South Sudan are among the most intricate and involve serried rows of dotted lines.  Photo credit: Eric Lafforgue

The scarification markings adopted by the Toposa tribe of South Sudan are among the most intricate and involve serried rows of dotted lines.

Scarification

Scarification on a Nuba woman marking the weaning of her first child The scarification is achieved by hooking the skin with a thorn and then cutting it with a small knife. Victoria Ebin, The Body Decorated. London: Thames and Hudson,

1958 image of a Motuan female tattooing the back of a young woman in Manu Manu, Papua New Guinea. Photo by Percy Cochrane, 1907-1980. Part of the University of Wollongong Archives. #VanishingTattoo #VintageTattoos #TattooHistory

1958 image of a Motuan female tattooing the back of a young woman in Manu Manu, Papua New Guinea. Photo by Percy Cochrane, Part of the University of Wollongong Archives.

Painful: Although the process isn't without pain, Lafforgue says the girl kept a straight face throughout in order not to shame her family

Ethiopian and Sudanese tribes show off scar patterns made with THORNS

Sudanese and Ethiopian Tribes Show Off Their Intricate Raised Patterns Created Using Thorns

TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: JIYE PEOPLE: SMALL NILOTIC BUT FIERCE FIGHTERS IN SOUTH SUDAN

malformalady: “ The Jie people of southern Sudan, are a tribe feared as fighters. This Jie man has several scars on his abdomen, some resembling the ”

Robert Doisneau

Self-portrait, Robert Doisneau : "Paris series" As a photographer, Robert Doisneau is known for his ability to infuse images of daily .

Credit: Edmond Demaître /© musée du quai Branly An 'embroidered' tattoo on the back of a native of Gasmata, Papua New Guinea, circa 1935. These body ornamentations were produced by scarification

How tattoos evolved down the ages – in pictures

Credit: Edmond Demaître /© musée du quai Branly An 'embroidered' tattoo on the back of a native of Gasmata, Papua New Guinea, circa These body ornamentations were produced by scarification

Ethiopia - Mursi Tribe

Members of the Mursi tribe, Ethiopia Image: Marc Veraart Teeth sharpening, ear elongations, lip plates, nose stud.

Topossa Man With Scarifications On His Body, Kangate, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Topossa Man With Scarifications On His Body, Kangate, Omo Valley, Ethiopia The scars are made with a razor and then infected with ash and cow dung to cause the raised welts.

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